AkzoNobel, Low Yat Group and The One Academy Join Forces to Transform Riverwalk Village
KUALA LUMPUR: On Dec 27, AkzoNobel, the leading global paints and coatings company and producer of quality paint brand, Dulux, together with Low Yat Group and The One Academy unveiled the newly uplifted Riverwalk Village located at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, formerly known as Jalan Ipoh.
Themed Muhibbah, meaning Harmony in Bahasa, the joint collaboration saw 118 students from The One Academy take part in a meaningful project to uplift one of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage areas.
The project to uplift Riverwalk City marks the first time ever in which AkzoNobel Malaysia and Low Yat Group is collaborating in hopes of creating a better tomorrow for the Malaysian community.
This collaboration is in line with AkzoNobel’s commitment in creating more Human Cities around the world with focus on helping the world’s urban areas deliver a stronger sense of community purpose, pride and happiness.
AkzoNobel uses its three key strengths – essential ingredients, essential protection and essential colour – to energise local communities and make them more liveable and inspiring.
The initiative to paint murals around Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah hopes to bring life in a new light by creating a more pleasant, vibrant and liveable space for Malaysians.
“We at AkzoNobel are ecstatic about this collaboration to transform an area that is filled with so much heritage – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. We are honoured to be able to give back to Malaysians by creating a more liveable and inspiring space,” said Indra Laban, General Manager, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei.
“Through the completion of this project, I can only see the good of what this will create for the Malaysian community in the coming months.”
The General Manager of the Property and Business Development from Low Yat Group, Jennifer Chow said, “Our collaboration with AkzoNobel, together with The One Academy aims to bring positive vibes to create a more patron plus visitor-friendly environment to Riverwalk Village while providing 118 students with a conducive, participatory learning while being a fun platform to express their creative impression of Jalan Ipoh’s heritage and charm, in the spirit of Muhibbah.”
“The commendable efforts of these students to complete a meaningful hand-painted 3D wall mural project on three blocks of shop offices, with a total length of 243 feet in just four days is an achievement to be lauded.
“This joint initiative is just the beginning and does not end here. We certainly look forward to more collaboration with AkzoNobel to jointly support students of The One Academy in nurturing creative talents in Malaysia,” she said.
“It is truly a privilege and an honour to be able to work with AkzoNobel and Low Yat Group on this impactful Community Service Project through the power of art and design,” said Fadzilah binti Ahmad, Lecturer of The One Academy – Community Course Service.
“This meaningful first time collaboration among AkzoNobel, Low Yat Group and The One Academy creates an artistic foundation on which to build a cohesive society reflecting the ‘Muhibbah’ spirit of Malaysia.”
Fadzilah goes on to add, “I hope that this Mural Painting Project will be the starting point for future collaborative endeavours which will transform Riverwalk Village into a creative hub as part of the development of Riverwalk City.”
A total of 118 students from The One Academy majoring in different fields from Fashion Design, Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, Digital Animation, Graphic Design and Interior Design took part in a four-day painting project that was held from 27 to 30 November 2016.
Students of The One Academy were given colours from Dulux Weathershield®, a range of premium quality exterior paints with Keep Cool™ Technology to reflect infrared radiation from sunlight, reducing exterior wall surface temperature by up to 5oC, based on tests conducted by BSD Singapore.
It is also equipped with Colour Lock Technology with superior light fast tinters to ensure colours on exterior walls stay looking new for longer.
“It has been AkzoNobel’s commitment in protecting the human aspect of any city to further reflect on the making of cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We believe that our new partnership will make a significant contribution to creating more ‘human’ urban environments,” concludes Laban.